Redknapp wants game moved
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants the Premier League to look again at the date of the rearranged fixture between Stoke and Manchester City.
The two sides meet in the FA Cup final on the day they were due to play each other in the league. The Premier League game has been moved to Tuesday, May 17 which could have serious implications for European qualification.
A new rule brought in with the Europa League in 2009 states that FA Cup runners-up only qualify for Europe if the FA Cup winners will play in the Champions League in the following season. That means if Man City win the FA Cup and finish fifth in the league, thus qualifying for the Europa League, the final Europa place will go to the sixth-placed team in the Premier League.
With Stoke and Man City due to line up again just three days after the Wembley showpiece, it would be in Stoke's interests to lose the league game if they have also lost in the Cup final. By losing to City in the league, they could help them finish in the Champions League places, which would put the Potters in the Europa League.
And Redknapp is concerned that could impact on his own club's hopes of booking a Champions League return as they sit three points behind Man City with a game in hand.
But while Redknapp wants that game moved, his own team will play Liverpool just 24 hours after the Cup final - and it could be in Liverpool's interests to lose to Spurs to make sure Man City stay out of the top four and give themselves a chance of Europa League football by finishing sixth.
Redknapp said: "I think they should look at it. The chairman spoke to me last night about it. We feel it should be changed - but it's a bit out of my hands.''